Shawn Scullin passed cars forming twisted lines at gas stations Thursday where York County residents scrambled to find fuel.
But Scullin wasn't worried.
The 42-year-old North Carolina man is traveling 400 miles using leg power and three wheels.
Scullin settled into his recumbent tricycle Tuesday and pedaled away from his Mars Hill, N.C., home en route to the beach. Two days later, he made his way through York, flanked by motorists as he climbed several hills along S.C. 5.
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"Most people do a double take and say, 'What is that thing?'" he said during a break in downtown Rock Hill.
"Most people aren't willing to give up their luxuries," he added. "Cars are a luxury. I'm proving that you can go 400 miles a week."
This week's trip is a first for the avid biker whose trike is outfitted with yellow caution tape just so motorists can see him. He also carts a tent, sleeping bag and pad, extra clothes, water, food and a repair kit.
"I've been wanting to do a long road trip," said Scullin, a self-employed custom furniture maker. "I'm doing it just for the adventure of the ride. It's not a matter of getting there. It's about living."
Scullin hopes to see the North Carolina coast by Saturday, maybe Sunday. He'll stay a week before pedaling another 400 miles home via a different route, he said.
On Thursday, motorists spied Scullin near Rawlinson Road Middle School around 10:15 a.m. Moments later, he passed a gas station full of customers eager for a fill-up.
"It feels good to not have to be tied to needing fuel," he said. "My need for fuel is food. I just keep that tank full."
His journey shows motorists that they have transportation options, he said.
"People have become addicted to cheap gas and everything that comes with it," he said. "A lot of people don't think that they could walk or bike."
Around 11 a.m., Scullin was nearly halfway to Oak Island in North Carolina. That was after a combined 170 miles Tuesday and Wednesday.
"My legs were a little sore," said Scullin, who pitched a tent and camped out Wednesday night in York.
Scullin said he hasn't regretted his decision to pedal.
"Just rolling past all the people stuck in the (gas) lines and seeing them give me a thumb's up or raise a fist in solidarity feels good," he said.
He hit the road again Thursday, braving the deep roadway pockets along S.C. 5.
"I plan on pedaling until I feel like stopping," he quipped. "I'm just having a good time. Just playing."